ERIC Number: ED198016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul-22
Reference Count: 0
Metaperspectives for the Future: Technology.
Hull, Ronald W.
This paper discusses the link between technology and humanity and examines the possibility of using technology to transform man into a superintelligent species. The course of human development can be viewed as a consequence of technological development. If we can plot the course technology will take, then we can gain insight into the course humanity will take. The paper establishes the role technology has played in the past in defining humanity. Technology is using objects in the environment as tools. The personal attachment to or ownership of the tool so that it can be used again, the ability to improve the tool over its natural environment, and language and social institutions extending beyond the immediate family are examined. The technological world has been created and guided by man. If technology and humanity are linked, it should be possible to use technology effectively to direct change. Since natural evolution has been disrupted by technological man, technology appears to be the best approach to a revolutionary shift to higher intelligence. The means to knowing how to create a super intelligent species have been gradually determined with increasing technical sophistication during the last two centuries. These areas of potential breakthrough include technical intervention and brain enhancement, genetic engineering, genetic planning, artificial intelligence and contact with extraterrestrials. The consequences of super intelligence appear to be good and technological transformation should be accepted and allowed to proceed. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Global Conference on the Future (1st, Toronto, Canada, July 21, 1980).